Ashish Dabral travels almost 20 hours every weekend to educate children in Timli, his village in Uttarakhand.
This 35-year old project manager working for British Telecom has opened a computer center and a primary school in Timli. He has also started colletive organic farming.
His goal? To reopen a Sanskrit school started by his great-grandparents in 1882.
" In 2014, I started a computer centre in Timli, in a small room. We installed 6 computers and 30 students from the government school enrolled. We provided them free training," he said.
"Initially I did not have any teachers. Nobody was willing to go to the village and teach. So, I started traveling from Gurugram every weekend to train people. A few friends joined me later. After 6-7 months, the first batch of students started teaching the newly enrolled children," Dabral added.
The students trained at the centre have started their own Common Services Centers (CSC) and now provide online services to villagers who have now started ordering from Flipkart, Amazon and other e-commerce websites.
"I get the delivery here in Gurugram and carry the goods on the weekend as e-commerce players do not deliver in Timli," he said.
"In 2015, we also started a primary education centre where currently we have 35 students. It is unique as we have video conferencing facilities, robotics training, etc. I have a few colleagues in UK & through them I have set-up a partnership with 2 schools in UK. The students in Timli interact with students in UK & even some in US through video conferencing. I am giving them a facility via which they have exposure to & can learn about what is happening across the globe & how students in other countries are learning and growing," he added.